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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    In the case of Ship-Claiming Stance, you're correct, it now only takes a few moments and isn't obvious. I don't know why that change was made - I'd speculate it's for a few reasons. First, taking a few minutes is something that can be done out of sight of land or other vessels pretty easily, so the requirement wasn't actually that onerous, and it doesn't hurt game balance to remove it. Second, 2e's version of Ship-Claiming Stance explicitly mentioned the small god of the vessel, which aren't a thing in 3e, so taking time to commune with something that isn't there doesn't make much sense.
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Dinosaurs in Exalted 3rd Edition
    River dragons can go onto land, however - note their Lunge From the Depths ability, which is explicitly a charge from the water at an enemy on land. To me, it sounds like the river dragon is aquatic the way a Nile or saltwater crocodile is: water is their primary habitat, but you absolutely aren't safe anywhere a short run away from water. They'll just drag you back to the water to eat you....
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Dinosaurs in Exalted 3rd Edition
    Yes, they're in the Core, pp. 571-572. I think the river dragon is supposed to be a really big crocodilian, rather than a dinosaur per se, though. Something like sarcosuchus....
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    Another one to add to the list is actually the raiton, I think. Despite the name, it's not a raven, though it fills a similar cultural niche. Based on the description ("small, black-feathered reptiles [with] clawed wings and a beak full of small, sharp teeth."), I'd guess they're supposed to be archaeopteryx or something similar....
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    Based on the pestletail's description in the core, I think they're supposed to be glyptodonts, which are mammals, not dinosaurs. I had made the same assumption, that they were ankylosaurs, until the Shieldback Lizard in Lunars came out....
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Dice pools for lying
    I would have had the other characters who didn't know the truth roll Read Intentions (if they were questioning the story), to see if they caught on to the fact that he was trying to deceive them. I would probably have called for an inspire roll from Tla'Shi, aiming to inspire a feeling of suspicion in everyone, and then an instill roll to create a negative intimacy toward the other person, or a persuade roll to get the others to take some kind of immediate action against them. The NPCs who knew Tla'Shi's claims were impossible would simply have been immune to the inspire attempt, and I'd probably...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    Well, I'd argue that most of the questions that The Wizard of Oz just suggested are really better handled by Read Intentions rather than Profile Character. But both Read Intentions and Profile Character are absolutely part of the social system, I'd say. Read Intentions is for, well, reading someone's intentions. It tells you immediately what they're up to, at least in broad terms, and lets you know what intimacies apply in the scene. Profile Character, on the other hand, is useful for giving you details about someone that aren't necessarily brought up by their actions in a scene. As a Storyteller,...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    I believe that's intentional - both characters who are good at Presence and those good at Socialize should be generally good at persuading people to do things. In many cases, it's simply a question of how you describe the attempt.

    However, I think there are some differences between the Abilities which will influence how they are used. First, Socialize is more subtle than Presence. Presence is always going to involve stepping up and asking directly, demanding, or otherwise stating openly what you're asking. At best, you might use reverse psychology, but even that's going to be pretty...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    The latter is precisely how I'd handle it - Read Intentions is a codified action to take, and covers discerning what a character wants to accomplish in a scene. That will cover "They're trying to deceive you about their real identity" nicely. If the officer was really suspicious, or wanted to get even more detail on who this "messenger" actually was, they could go for a profile character action, rolling (Perception + Investigation)....
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    It's not as clear in 3e what counts as "shaping magic", but I think the intent is that it's magic that changes you in a fundamental or permanent way, not just anything that changes you at all. So Invulnerable Skin of Bronze wouldn't be shaping magic, and thus the tatoos wouldn't block it. A spell or sorcerous working that permanently changed just your arm to bronze would probably be blocked, however, and likewise one that changed your whole body into something fundamentally different, like transforming you to ice and leaving you vulnerable to melting, for instance....
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  • I would say that, no matter what version the Terrestrial 2 version takes, it will always be a mutation - that is, it will be obviously unnatural in some way. Healing a crippling injury perfectly, in a way that isn't obvious that you've been warped by sorcery, would be Celestial 1, minimum. That puts it in line, essence-wise, with Wholeness-Restoring Meditation, the Solar Medicine charm that heals crippling injuries. Note also that every sorcerous working requires XP to be used, and a working requires, absolute bare minimum, a week of work from the sorcerer as well, whereas the charm requires only...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Lunars of the First Age
    I thought about "blue moon" as one of the names, but I decided to avoid it for a couple of reasons. First, it's a color word, unlike the more action- or person-oriented names of the others. Second, while you could certainly do all color names, I worried that would overlap too heavily with the Sidereals....
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    Another "moon name" I just thought of, that might be good for judges or world-walkers: "Famine Moon", the last moon of late winter, when food supplies get low. Fits judges because harsh choices are often necessary in such times, and world-walkers because what better time to leave where you are than when all the food is gone?
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    I'd suggest using "moon names" for the 1st Age Lunar Castes - things like "Harvest Moon" and "Hunter's Moon". There aren't quite enough distinct names (that I can find offhand, anyway), so we'll have to come up with some new ones. I like "Hunter's Moon" for the world-walkers, and "Harvest Moon" for the guides (tying into using the moon and the calendar to steer proper behavior) or the mystics (agriculture is actually pretty closely tied to a lot of mystic traditions). For other names that could fit, how about "Pale Moon" for the world-walkers,...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    I think it could definitely be done with Lore, yeah - Lore covers a very broad range of topics on the academic side. I'd certainly rate someone who knew a great deal about historical and comparative linguistics as having a high Lore rating. To me, the question is not "could Lore do this?" but rather "can other Abilities do this?" Given the context the example was originally brought up in was for rolls to introduce facts, I think the RAW answer is actually "no, they couldn't". By the book, only the Lore ability, rated at 3 or higher, can be used to introduce facts....
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    I've always ruled that a Lore specialization counts as a "field of specialty", but you don't have to buy a specialization to have a field of specialty. A scholar who studied at the Great School of Divinity in Great Forks could have a Lore specialization of "religious rituals", but their field of specialty could include all kinds of questions about gods and religions that weren't within that specialization.



    I'd be fine with "The Wyld" as a specialization of Lore. I agree that someone, particularly with Lore 5, should have more fields of...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to The Civil War Thread
    While I don't think it's an automatically obvious outcome, I'm not sure I'd characterize it as unlikely. It seems to me that the situation kind of pushes things that way - Ragara seems pretty likely to be one "pole" of the civil war, given how Mnemon feels about the whole House - they're likely to be inevitably opposed. And Mnemon is at least tentatively aligned with Cathak, who opposes Sesus both on personal and economic grounds. Cynis is sort of the odd one out of the three, in that it seems to try to cultivate good relationships with more Houses on the "other sides" than...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    This may be what you mean:
    I pulled that off rpg.net, from here, but I'm reasonably sure I remember the same map being posted here on the Onyx Path forums, I assume by the same person....
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  • Well, bringing it between the Pole of Air (cold) and Fire (heat) repeatedly suggests to me freezing and thawing. And when you think about it, that's actually a very interesting property of water in general: it's really one of the only materials that exists in all three major states of matter (solid, liquid, and gaseous) in the temperature range humans can tolerate. So I'd riff on that: either give an artifact those general properties, making it something that can transform into a solid, liquid, or gas as necessary, or make the artifact incorporate the perfected water as water in its construction,...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Your Headcanon
    A headcanon about the Clay Man, the creation of Autochthon that the other Primordials disassembled, and who later served as the "mentor" to the Jadeborn: the Clay Man wasn't just the "prototype" for humans, he was the prototype for all creatures with souls distinct from bodies. Before the Clay Man, while the Primordials had created various beings (First-Circle demons, other spirits like gods and such), such beings' essential nature, what gave them a personality and individuality, had been the same as their body. A First Circle Demon doesn't have a soul, it is a soul, pretty...
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